How Long Is the Recovery?
After your procedures, you will need to take time to rest and heal. You will have bandages, compression garments, and surgical drains. You may experience pain, swelling, and bruising, but these are all entirely normal. It should all subside within a few weeks. Also, you should take any prescribed pain medication to help with any residual pain. Complete recovery can take up to six months as everything settles.
Additionally, you will have some initial scarring. In the first six to eight weeks, your incisions will be red as your body starts to heal. After this, the scars will become less red, thinner, and will fade away within a year and a half.
You will need to take things slowly in terms of getting back to your routine. It would be best if you focused on resting and doing minimal physical activity for the first few weeks. Avoid reaching above your shoulders, as this can interrupt the healing process for your breasts. Keep your elbows close to your body, and avoid moving your shoulders as much as possible. You will also need to take care of your stomach area and refrain from bending at the waist.
Each patient is unique in their recovery process. It will take roughly three months to feel back to yourself again. Most patients can get back to their regular daily routines within a few weeks. We recommend you slowly ease back into work and home life.